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    Gas Pain (Children)

    Gas pain is common in babies and rarely a cause for concern.

    Call Doctor If:

    • Your child seems sick.
    • Your child vomits blood or green or yellow liquid.
    • Your child has blood in her stool.
    • Your child cries for longer than two hours.
    • Your child has pain in the lower right side.
    • Your child's abdomen seems to be distended and causing pain.

    How to Treat Your Child's Gas Pains

    1. Adjust Feedings

    • Don't overfeed your child.
    • Hold her upright.
    • Burp your child often.

    2. Move Your Child

    • Rock your child gently.
    • Move your child's legs as if he was pedaling a bicycle.

    3. Massage Your Child

    • Rub your child's stomach lightly.
    • Lay her across your lap and pat her back.

    4. Apply Heat

    • Place a warm towel or water bottle on your child's tummy.

    5. Review Feeding

    • If formula-feeding, talk with your pediatrician about switching to a soy-based formula or, if your child is older than 1 year, soy or almond milk. If an older child has gas pain after having milk products, talk to your doctor about lactose intolerance, especially if there is a family history of it.
    • If you're breastfeeding, you don't need to be concerned about your own diet causing gas pains in your baby. There's no evidence that a mom's diet has an effect on gas in babies.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on September 10, 2015

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